Today feels like a hot summer day in SF. I met my friend Zoe for Brunch at my favorite place in the Castro, Kitchen Story, famous for their Millionaire's Bacon. Afterwards we hoofed it up to Dolores Park and sat on the Hillside for a bit. I wish I had the Cohones to dance around in little swim trunks like those boys do. It was HOT in the sun.
With this warm weather, the flowers have been coming on fast and furious. The other Zoe in my life, at Front Porch Farm in Healdsburg, has been busy harvesting her early Spring blooms - Sweet peas, Ranunculus, and Anemones so far.
My little garden patch at home (including all of the starts Zoe sent me home with) is doing really well! It's very much a small scale experiment, but I'm learning. It's happening slowly, but I'm proud of it.
One fun thing I learned that I can show you here is what a difference bumping up starts to bigger cell trays makes. I started the icelandic poppies on the top left at the same exact time as the ones in the 72 cell tray on the right. The ones on the left I bumped up to the larger 6 pack trays after 8 weeks (and prob could have done it after 4). This picture is at 10 weeks. Look how they've taken off! Also, meet Buckwheat. He belongs to our neighbors and is quite the bohemian, strolling in and out of our apartment and cruising the backyards on either side of ours as he pleases.
As far as designing goes, I've been very interested in experimenting with shape lately. I never know what an arrangement will look like when I start it. I usually let the material dictate where it will go. In my patchwork floral design education, I've learned that a semi-balanced asymmetrical shape is usually the goal when creating a modern, romantic arrangement. What I'd like to try out is an "A" Shape. Drapey on either side and a high point in the middle. Sound hideous?
With this beautiful weather lately Greg and I also finally got a chance to do a long 7 mile hike in Marin out to Muir beach. I fell in love with this little wild columbine on the way.
Lots of exciting flowering to come this Spring. Can't wait to share with you!